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Richard Platt

Författare till Castle Diary: The Journal of Tobias Burgess

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Richard Platt has written more than 30 books, and he has been a children's author since 1992


Verk av Richard Platt

Pirate (Eyewitness Books) (0001) — Författare — 617 exemplar
Spy (Eyewitness Books) (1996) 423 exemplar
Shipwreck (Eyewitness Books) (1997) 235 exemplar
Film (Eyewitness Books) (1992) 234 exemplar
Visual Timeline of Inventions (1994) 155 exemplar
Kingfisher Knowledge: Forensics (2005) 109 exemplar
Julius Caesar (DK Discoveries) (2001) 83 exemplar
London (Through Time) (2009) 66 exemplar
Beijing (Through Time) (2008) 62 exemplar
Pompeii (Through Time) (2007) 61 exemplar
Plagues, Pox, and Pestilence (2011) 58 exemplar
Shipwreck Detective (2006) 55 exemplar
A World of Information (2016) — Författare — 48 exemplar
Olympics (Through Time) (2012) 36 exemplar
Explorers: Pioneers Who Broke New Boundaries (Secret Worlds) (2001) — Författare — 36 exemplar
Everest (DK Discoveries) (2000) 33 exemplar
New York City (Through Time) (2010) 27 exemplar
Castle (DK Experience) (2007) 25 exemplar
Flight (DK Experience) (2006) 22 exemplar
Space Explorer Atlas (1999) 20 exemplar
Amazing Pop-Up 3-D Time Scape (1999) 20 exemplar
The Vanishing Rainforest (2003) 20 exemplar
Versus: Pirates (2010) — Författare — 11 exemplar
A World Of Discovery (2018) — Författare — 9 exemplar
Discovering Pirates (2002) 8 exemplar
Code Making, Code Breaking (2011) 7 exemplar
The Photographer's Copybook (1985) 5 exemplar
Double Crossing (2010) 5 exemplar
The Book of Inventions (1995) 2 exemplar
Letting blood (1989) 2 exemplar
Au coeur des choses (1999) 2 exemplar
O Cinema Livro 1 2 exemplar
Il cinema 1 exemplar
Piratas Livro 1 1 exemplar
Vakooja (1997) 1 exemplar
Uitvindingen verklaard (1998) 1 exemplar
Pirates 1 exemplar
Gerichtsmedizin (2006) 1 exemplar

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Slightly Foxed 15: Underwear Was Important (2007) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Slightly Foxed 27: Well Done, Carruthers! (2010) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Slightly Foxed 68: Ring Out, Wild Bells (2020) — Bidragsgivare — 24 exemplar
Slightly Foxed 35: Tarka the Rotter (2012) — Bidragsgivare — 23 exemplar
Slightly Foxed 60: A Dickens of a Riot (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Slightly Foxed 58: A Snatch of Morning (2018) — Bidragsgivare — 17 exemplar
Slightly Foxed 44: My Grandfather and Mr. Standfast (2014) — Bidragsgivare — 17 exemplar


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Northumberland, England, UK



I was so very obsessed with this book as a kid. Oddly, one of the parts I remember most vividly was checking out what all the little people were doing. And the soldier whose intestines were hanging out in the tank cross section, of course. Biesty really knows how to appeal to kids.

I'd love to reread this as an adult.
caedocyon | 2 andra recensioner | Jul 18, 2023 |
Both good and bad. One page for every "adventurer". Packed with illustration. Lively. But the overall structure that is imposed is odd and looks, perhaps, imposed by an editor? The first section is called "Discovery, Conquest, and Loot" and includes the stories of 14 adventurers, starting with the Carthaginian general Hannibal, and ending with Captain Cook, the English explorer. For most of the 14 adventurers, it is a stretch to make them fit the theme. Benvenuto Cellini is probably the most egregious example, failing on all three fronts, as he mostly managed briefly to escape a prison. The book would be better off without these divisions and themes, it will hurt the brains of young readers who notice how poorly they are chosen. Still interesting though, because it ranges far over both time and space, and some of the adventurers were people I had never heard of.… (mer)
themulhern | Jun 20, 2023 |
Readers of all ages will spend hours lost in enchantment perusing these detailed cutaway images of the insides of a castle, observatory, galleon ship, ocean liner, submarine, coal mine, tank, oil rig, cathedral, jumbo jet, car factory, helicopter, opera house, steam train, subway station, fishing trawler, the Empire State Building, and a space shuttle.

Illustrator Stephen Biesty, along with writer Richard Platt, have created a number of such books featuring historical and architectural cross-section drawings, some of which fill colorful oversize double spreads (such as, in this book, the ocean liner and the steam train). The pictures are surrounded by captions that explain both what you are seeing and what you are not seeing.

For example, in the cutaway of a 16th century Spanish galleon, you see and learn briefly about the parts of the galleon, such as swivel guns, the helm, and even poisonous scorpions in the hold. But you also learn about what you can’t actually see, such as: “A terrible smell: Sea water that seeped into the ship collected in the bilge - the space between the old and the keel - and turned into a foul brew. This pump [pointed to in the drawing] cleared the bilges, but the smell of the water was disgusting.”

Similarly, in the cross-section of a World War II German submarine, you see a picture of hanging meat, and you read, “The wurst of it: Because of the lack of space, smoked meat, bread, and other supplies were stored anywhere there was room - in the crew’s quarters, or even in the toilet!”

Each intricate drawing contains a wealth of historical information both from the images and the text on the buildings, machines, and people who used them, along with “key facts,” anecdotes, and minutia that people often wonder about but aren’t often part of the usual descriptions, such as: What did people eat? How did they go to the bathroom? What was daily life like?

Evaluation: This entrancing book will keep you busy for hours, and send you searching for Biesty’s other cutaway books. There is even one on the Star Wars vehicles, and one with pop-up cross-sections. You will want to see them all!
… (mer)
nbmars | 2 andra recensioner | Jan 19, 2023 |
Mustygusher | Dec 19, 2022 |



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